Democrats not showing up at 139th annual Crocodile Club

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) – The 139e The annual Crocodile Club at Lake Compounce in Bristol was back this year. Politicians mock each other and skip the campaign, but something was different in the air.

This is a charity event for the Musée du Carrousel. If you have a horse in the race for the midterm election, you go to the Crocodile Club event, but that was not the case for the Democrats this year.

About 200 people packed the nation’s oldest amusement park event hall for lamb, creamed corn and political jokes.

“I heard of Leora Levy. It was on the national news that Trump called her, and that’s fantastic, but he also called me that day. He called everyone, ”said Max Reiss, screenwriter of The Simpsons.

The event is back after a three-year hiatus due to COVID. It’s presented as an opportunity for candidates to throw barbs at each other in order to form bipartisan friendships.

Top Democrats running for office statewide, including Gov. Ned Lamont, did not run.

“Sometimes we take things too seriously. It’s good to get the Republicans and Democrats out and put things into perspective,” said GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Stefanowski.

“I was disappointed that a lot of people were canceling, but to give John Larson credit, he’s voting on a game-changing bill for our country,” State Rep. Kerry Wood said.

Organizers say every candidate has been invited. The governor’s planner said he had a conflict.